Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fwd: Additional driver in household

Hey Trish- Donegal will not let me add her until she is officially 16.  I will verify that she is still covered.

And get back to you.



From: Trish Riley [mailto:trish.riley@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 4:36 PM
To: April Harper <april@wellerins.com>
Subject: Additional driver in household


April, just wanted to let you know we have an additional driver now in the house, Anna passed her permit test and is eager to get road ready.

Let me know if you need anything else.

~Trish Riley

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Multi-Pocket Bag

I love sewing...it is such a creative release for me. I love making bags and clothes and custom items for my home.

This bag was inspired by a simple paper bag from Kroger. I used a tactile approach cutting up the bag and leaving a seam allowance when cutting fabric.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Automatic Dishwashing Powder & Gel Solutions

The internet has so many DIY options at our fingertips. I have been trying to find a solution to purchasing high priced products in stores and love that DIY is a viable option.
I have been having trouble finding an automatic dishwashing powder or gel that would take care of business...really take care of business.  After trying different options and combinations I finally found something that is easy, cheap and working well and gets the cloudy film off my dishes. Or I should say dosen't put a cloudy film on my dishes. 
I did a test to see if this was a real solution. I put 2 "old batch" dishwashing powder hazy glasses in the dishwasher with 2 sparkling clean, washed by hand glasses, in the dishwasher and ran the cycle. The clean dishes stayed clean and the hazy dishes stayed hazy. So this formula will not take off the old haze if you have that problem, but it won't put it back on either. You may have to break down and wash those glasses by hand like I did.
Let me start by saying...
I love DAWN. I trust Dawn. I don't wash any dishes by hand without Dawn.
I also love vinegar! It can fight colds, kill germs when cleaning, make a volcano erupt, dye Easter eggs the results go on and on, and its natural...
I love baking soda...you can brush your teeth, scrub your sink, and get the stink out of a fridge and its natural.
I love borax...you can clean so many things and its natural.
So my solution for my dishes was this...
In a pump container mix equal parts Dawn and vinegar. It cleans so many things wonderfully!
In a seperate shaker container mix equal parts baking soda and borax.
Put 2-3 pumps in each cup. (pre and regular wash cups)
Then shake some powder in the bottom of the dishwasher. Start the cycle.
When they combine in the dishwasher they make a chemical reaction (volcano erupts) and scrubs my dishes and GLASSES clean.
I hope this helps! Thanks.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

DIY Laundry Soap...Part Deux

So...Pinterest.com has sparked my creativity and resoursefulness. I scour the pages often for inspiration, which is irritating to my husband as I always want to "try something".

I "tried" homemade laundry soap...and I love it. I have chosen to go the unscented route.I have had much success using a receipe I found on Jillee's site, www.OneGoodThingbyjillee.com  Wow, what a great blog.

The first batch I made on 12/2/12 and used it until 5/1/13 which is a full 5 months for a family of 4.  Plus, I work at Wawa in the Deli and I am always wiping food stuffs on my apron. Happily, I go to work each day with a clean apron without any stains.

I just made my second batch, and I have noted the date made so that I can see how long the next batch lasts. Sometimes I use extra if I feel the load is larger, or dirtier but mostly I use it just as suggested.

1 large glass jar from Wal-mart ($10)
1 fine cheese grater from Tuesday Morning ($8)
1 stainless steel coffee scoop (1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons) from Wal-Mart ($2.50)
3 bar fels-naptha soap from Wal-mart (.97) or 1.5 bar Zote soap from Wal-mart (1.00) or a blend.
1 box baking soda
1 box washing soda
1 box borax

I use one scoop for a medium sized load.

Jillee's site calls for add in scent and oxi-clean, I like unscented and only use oxi as needed. So I omitted those, its my preference, I can do that since it's DIY (do-it-yourself).

I layered the powder and soap into the jar repeating layers, using a flour sifter to get the chunks out of the powders, and mixed it with a wire whisk, as the jar fills up you have already mixed the bottom layers well so you don't have to use so much elbow grease to mix the bottom. The powder flys around alot when you are pouring into another container so I wanted to skip that step if possible, and it worked out pretty good.

Good Luck...I hope this works for you.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


We got rained out today...but we had fun till the rain came.
Disregard the goofy dates on the pictures.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Legoland Florida

We had a lovely family outing and great weather and a lot of fun at Legoland Florida.